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Rob Thomas on writing 'Smooth' with George Michael in mind

Singer Rob Thomas has revealed that when he wrote the smash hit single 'Smooth', which was released by Santana back in 1999, he had the late George Michael in mind for the vocals. 

In an article written for Billboard, Rob Thomas explained that when it came to figuring out who should sing on the cut, he immediately thought of the 'Faith' icon:

"When we finished the song, the conversation came around to who should sing it. I don’t believe I was even in the running.  But I WAS in the conversation with Clive Davis and his people about my thoughts on who should. My first thought was George Michael."

"In fact, it was George I had in my head when I recorded the vocals in the first place. If you listen to the melody and the cadence, it’s an attempt to emulate his style in so many ways."

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